Investigating the new normal in the apprenticeship sector
Why are we investigating the ‘new normal’ in the apprenticeship sector? What impact has recent events had on training in the health and social care sector?
As with many industries and organisations, the Coronavirus Pandemic has had a significant impact on the health and social care sector. Unfortunately, the effects of which are likely to last for years to come. Prior to Covid-19, IBIS reported an expected growth of 1.8% for the next 5 years, however, this has since changed. It remains to be seen how the current pandemic will impact on these findings long term. Much light has been shone on the industry in recent months. With Health Investor UK for example, identifying the need for investment in this industry. Moreover, along with the investment in staffing comes the need to invest in training. So what is the new normal for apprenticeships moving forward? Keep reading to learn more.
Firstly, since lockdown commenced, individuals have had to adjust to some major changes. For instance, some individuals have been furloughed while others were made redundant. Alternatively, others simply did not have the chance to continue with their studies due to the lockdown measures. And as such, the apprenticeship sector is seeing new challenges and the need to adapt delivery, to support apprentices in continuing their studies.
The Department of Education has previously reported that the health and social care sector utilises apprenticeships to train existing and new staff, making up 27% of all starts in the academic year 16/17. However, UK Government figures show a 15% decrease in starts in this sector in 18/19. And with the coronavirus likely continue to have a significant impact on our lives for some time to come, Prepare to Achieve are asking, what is the ‘new normal’ for apprenticeship training in the health and social care sector?